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    I write and record metal, mostly. Very new to posting covers of video game music and such. I also hope to write some material that may one day wind up in a small indie game. If you're a dev and like anything you hear, hit me up on here or on NewGrounds (same username). I'll write you a boss battle jam or something.
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  1. One almost surefire way to avoid this guilty feeling you're having would be to reach out to the composer(s) directly (not the game company). There's no guarantee you'll get a response, but if they think it's fine, I'd think that would be pretty authoritative. And yeah, it is a game of weighing risk. But on the bright side, the most likely consequence is just to be told to stop, and these things have a pretty large track record! Starting with sites like VGmix and Dwelling of Duels, people on the internet have been sharing covers and remixes of game music for 15+ years. I've personally yet to hear about anyone getting hit with a C&D, much less actually getting sued for damages. Another final step could be to submit your covers through a publisher like Distrokid, which will direct any royalties made by your cover to the owners (I included a screen grab from that section of their submission page). Actual fan-made games, on the other hand, haven't been as lucky. Though, again, even notable ones like Chrono Trigger Crimson Echoes and Another Metroid 2 Remake have only ever been slapped with C&D letters. So even the ever-protective Nintendo seems to be hesitant to actually pursue pressing charges.
  2. Unfortunately, we humans are hard-wired for deep-seated tribalism, even over the tiniest shit. (One of my favorite podcasts has an episode on the topic, well worth a listen: The keyword there is "good," where someone cites a subjective element as objective (aka: the "No True Scotsman" fallacy). You'll always encounter self-important types that will lean heavily on this to try to assert their opinions as somehow more valid than another's. C'est la vie. There is some validity in someone pushing back on someone else who uses their nostalgia to all-out lionize something while dismissing all else (vinyl, anyone?), but doing it that on a general basis relies on ignoring context. A reasonable person wouldn't look at cave paintings next to DaVinci portraits and say "those cave dudes were talentless hacks, amirite?", or look at a Mac Classic and say "this is the best computer ever made." Those things are items of their era, and best viewed in that light. So for OoT, it arguably really *was* one of the best games of its era, because comparing it to most 3D adventure titles that existed around its release, it was larger, flashier, smoother, and so forth. Extending that comparison infinitely into the future is a fool's errand for those lionizing it, and a strawman for those dissing it. Also, SoE was indeed great, and @JohnStacy should definitely play Cuphead if not to just enjoy the art and animation, which are top-notch. (It's got an easy mode, too )
  3. This really is the symptom of the universe in the digital era with regard to just about any artistic medium. Since you are not selling your remixes, I wouldn't consider it a problem. At best, you're even potentially helping the copyright owners by giving fanfare to one of their properties, increasing the chance that a viewer/listener may check it out who otherwise wouldn't have. IP owners still have the right to claim infringement outside of fair use, but many don't bother because of a combination of effort and bad PR. When you make money off of it, that's a different story, but is still super common. As an example: There's a plethora of Etsy artists who sell stuff that is slathered with 3rd party IP with no end in sight. So what's the deal there? The DMCA specifies that only the original copyright holder can submit an application to remove their copyrighted material, which makes it an endless task of swatting at flies while also potentially suffering some bad PR in the process. So, while the occasional sellers get hit with a cease & desist, it rarely goes beyond that.
  4. I'll second this. Not only because a Reaper license is very cheap, but because it is much more flexible than many older DAWs. The company provides a thorough set of video tutorials via its website/youtube, and once you've gotten the hang of it, its layout and command structure can be molded to emulate many others'.
  5. ^Aaaand confirmed. Thanks guys. Could've sworn I had checked there before, but must've been operating in sleep deprivation mode.
  6. Proof positive: Legacy of the Wizard, Ultima Exodus
  7. Would be fun to do as it's an obvious 8-bit metal/rock tune, but I don't think I'm a good enough lead guitar player to do justice to that solo part I'll wait and see what psyco does with it.
  8. Good call! There's a number of other NES games with great music that haven't had any remixes yet. I'm thinking about a few tunes from 8 Eyes, myself.
  9. Can’t say I blame him or the writers, either. The Deadpool movies made bank, so there’s no reason to think that well’s gone dry.
  10. I might wind up feeling like an idiot for asking this, but where do I add/edit a forum signature? I wanted to add a sig advertising my willingness to record some live drums for folks if they wanted them, and hit a roadblock. I searched this forum and found some references to a user cp area, but I can't find that specifically. In most other forums, there's a text field for it the "edit profile" area, but not in this one. Also couldn't find it under account settings. Thanks in advance to the kind soul who can help
  11. Don't worry, you're not alone there. I'll go a couple steps further and would extend that statement to just about everything Ryan Reynolds has ever been in (*prepares flame shield*). I just don't find the dude very funny. This role just seems like a way for him to try to take the Deadpool persona and milk it for the audience he couldn't reach in the box office with those R ratings.
  12. In what seems to be a misunderstanding of the usual OCR process, I already e-mailed this in (derp). But let's pretend I didn't! This is a somewhat doomy/sludgy metal take on this tune. I'm pretty happy with it all in all. Feel free to feedback away! Original: My hot take on it:
  13. Thanks for the clarifications, guys! I read the "What is evaluation and when do I use it?" thread, but didn't get the notion that it had any effect on the actual judging process, time-wise or qualitative. I was also thrown off a bit by the "When you're ready to submit a remix to OC ReMix, but you're not sure if the remix fits the site's submission standards" qualifier. That made me think I was better off skipping the workshop arena, since I was confident in the quality of my work. Not trying to sound cocky or anything , it's just that I've recorded/mixed bands on a semi-professional basis for several years at this point and feel comfortable with that take. I guess I interpreted the purpose of the workshop to be more about soliciting help/feedback from the community at large. Anyway, with that in mind, I suppose I'll hit up the workshop with the track I recently submitted. I definitely appreciate the level of work you guys put into that process, and to reiterate, I don't envy you for that. I hope you all can find a way to lighten that load, and apologies in advance for adding to it!